The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

What Melody Is This I Hear

For the Christmas-tide

Words: English Traditional

Music: Not Stated

Source: A Selection of Carols, Pieces, and Anthems, Suitable for Christmas. (London: W. Kent and Co.; Penzance: F. Rodda, ca. 1872), p. 52.

What melody is this I hear,
    With sounds of joy and mirth,
All welcoming the heavenly choir,
    At this our Saviour's birth ?

Hark how it sounds throughout the sky,
    On this auspicious morn,
While “Hallelujah,” angels cry,
    The King of kings is born.

A glorious troops of angels fair,
    Appear in yonder sky
Celestial music fills the air
    Praise God, “the seraphs cry.”

Now glory to the new-born Son,
    And praised be his name,
All glory to thee Three in One,
    All honour to the same.

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